Bachelor of Science in Sustainability

Undergraduate

Sustainability seeks a way for human and natural systems to work together so that all species can survive and thrive over the long-term from the local to global scales. The Bachelor in Science in Sustainability provides the broad fundamental knowledge, skills and competencies to drive sustainable outcomes that address today’s urgent environmental, economic and social challenges. This degree can be applied across a wide range of fields: from management, design and planning, to environmental services in business, non-profit and public institutions.

Required core courses provide a foundation in sustainability principles and strategies, applications in practice, environmental science, environmental law and policy, sustainability business case, and systems thinking, culminating in an independent capstone project. Electives are drawn from a range of courses in Arts & Sciences that reflect the breadth of sustainability applications. Faculty are educators and practitioners with deep knowledge and experience in applying sustainability. The program addresses the collaborative and integrative nature of sustainability with an emphasis on applied learning – taking the lessons from the classroom into St. Louis.

In addition to core requirements, students complete their degree with 18 additional units and may choose from three concentrations or select electives tailored to their interests. The concentrations include:

  1. Sustainable Environment and Science: a focus on the environmental aspects of sustainability.
  2. Sustainable Management and Organizations: a focus on understanding and applying sustainability in corporate and institutional management.
  3. Urban Sustainability: A focus on urban-scale sustainability policies and programs.

Advising

Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • one-on-one, hour long appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

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Student advising is available at our West Campus location from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday.

Natalia Kolk
Natalia Kolk
Academic Advisor
(314) 935-6742

Elisa Wang
Elisa Wang
Academic Advisor
(314) 935-6793

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required course work

All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Requirements specific to the BS in Sustainability include:

Required Core Courses: 18 units

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  • Foundations and Practice of Sustainability (U19 205)
  • Environmental Science: Regional and Global Perspectives (U29 413)
  • Strategic Planning (U44 364)
  • Environmental Law: Applications towards Sustainability (U19 328)
  • Sustainability as a Transformative Agent in Business and Public Policy (U19 368)
  • Sustainability Capstone (U19 450)
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Concentration in Sustainable Environment and Science: 18 units

A concentration in sustainable environment and science is a good foundation for careers in environmental fields such as environmental manager, landscape manager, waste manager, or for those interested in pursuing an advanced degree in a related field of interest.

Students will select among electives based on approved available course offerings in consultation with their advisor. Examples of those include:

  • Ecology (U29 419)
  • Introduction to GIS or U90 303 Digital Cartography (U90 200)
  • Environmental and Energy Issues (U25 3311)
  • Anthropology and Climate Change (U69 3795)
  • Urban Agriculture & Sustainability (U29 4631)
Concentration in Sustainable Management and Organizations: 18 units

A concentration in sustainable management and organizations is a good foundation for careers in the business or institutional applications of sustainability such as sustainable project manager, facilities manager, materials manager or for those interested in pursuing an advanced degree in a related field of interest.

Students will select among electives based on approved available course offerings in consultation with their advisor. Examples of those include:

  • Principles of Management (U44 339)
  • Introduction to Supply Chain Management (U44 303)
  • Introduction to Project Management (U44 224)
  • Design Thinking (U44 290)
  • Environmental Economics (U07 355)
Concentration in Urban Sustainability: 18 units

A concentration in urban sustainability is a good foundation for careers in urban scale public policy and programs such as community manager, planning consultant, nonprofit manager or for those interested in pursuing an advanced degree in a related field of interest.

Students will select among electives based on approved available course offerings in consultation with their advisor. Examples of those include:

  • The Metropolis (U19 329)
  • Planning Sustainable Communities (U19 319)
  • Urban Ecology: Principles and Practice (U19. 317)
  • Introduction to GIS or U90 303 Digital Cartography (U90 200)
  • Introduction to Resilience (U19 325)
Degree in Sustainability (no concentration): 18 units

Students will select among Sustainability electives, including all courses offered in the Concentrations. Examples of additional electives:

  • Nature and the American Literary Imagination (U65 313)
  • Global Sustainability (U29 364)

admissions requirements

6 units of transferrable college-level course work
  • At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or 
  • at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion or GED.
2.7 minimum GPA

application requirements

Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed, required documents have been received, and the application fee is paid.

Transcripts

Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit, proof of high school completion or GED must be submitted. Contact the registrar at each previous college or university attended to request an official transcript. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to ucollege@wustl.edu. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at paagnew@wustl.edu.

International Students must submit an official transcript from their school and an official evaluation of all previous college-level work.

Personal Essay

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?

TOEFL scores (if applicable)

If you are not a U.S. citizen, official TOEFL scores must be forwarded to University College.

Graduates of a U.S. university or college or Canada, Australia, and U.K. residents are exempt if they have earned a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from such college or university.

$35 application fee

You may pay by credit card online, or via check or money order payable to Washington University in St. Louis. You may also pay the fee by cash at the University College office. 

This fee is waived for all WashU staff.

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Still have questions?

Program Coordinator: Mary Ann Lazarus | (314) 935-6200 | lazarus9876@wustl.edu

Administrative Assistant for Academic Programs: Holly Schroeder | (314) 935-6759 | cschroed@wustl.edu

Director of Advising and Student Services: Elizabeth Fogt | (314) 935-6778 | efogt@wustl.edu